We are focused on assisting and providing our patients with the care and information they need.
We aim to provide comprehensive care of patients with epilepsy and seizures within a clinic setting. As a neurologist Dr. Bercovici sees all types of patients who have neurological symptoms or diagnosis. However, as an epilepsy specialist his main focus is seizures/epilepsy. Please see below for details
We provide general epilepsy care but also subspecialized epilepsy treatments including surgical workup. pregnancy and epilepsy, Ketogenic diet / Modified Atkins Diet, neuromodulation such as Vagus Nerve Stimulator.
We also provide ongoing adult epilepsy care for those who don’t have a current neurologist or those transitioning from their pediatric neurologist. If you would like us to provide ongoing consultation while being under the care of your regular neurologist this is possible as well.
Dr. Bercovici works in these Locations:
- Main Office – Southern Ontario Epilepsy Clinic (Sherway Medical Clinic)
- Epilepsy Diet Clinic – University Health Network
In some cases, Dr. Bercovici can see patients in consultation or follow-up via TELEmedicine. This can be provided by the Ontario Medicine Network or through Telus Virtual Care. These are both secure methods to have virtual appointments so patients can remain locally and reduce their travel time. Please note that due to recent OHIP changes if we have not seen the patient in-person in the last 2 years. We will need to have an in-person appointment before continuing virtually. Alternatively, you can have your primary care provider send us a virtual care referral for ongoing virtual care.
In addition, Dr. Bercovici can assist your doctor in your care through the OTN e-Consult Program as he is part of the Epilepsy Neurology Provincial Group. Your doctor can use the E-Consult Program to consult on certain matters relating to tests, medication and more. For further information, “click” on button below.
*NOTE: this program is not meant to replace a face-to-face consultation and it may require an in-person visit.
Electroencephalogram (EEG) Test
*Please note that our office now does Electroencephalograms (EEG) Test in house to provide more comprehensive care. Current and prospective patients of Dr. Bercovici can have their test and follow up in the same clinic. Patients not being followed by Dr. Bercovici can also have an EEG test, please have your doctor fill out the Referral FORM, available by “clicking” here, and fax it to our office.
This is a test that your doctor may order for a variety of reasons. In some cases some patients with different symptoms may require an EEG test. However, it’s a very important test for patients who may have seizures / epilepsy.
During your appointment you would be asked to lie down and the technologist will place electrodes with a little gel on your head. During the EEG you will be asked to breathe fast (called hyperventilation), open and close your eyes. During the photic stimulation the technologist will flash some lights at different frequencies. The goal of these activating procedures is to bring out abnormalities on the EEG.
While the recording lasts about 20-30 minutes this appointment may take 1 hour including prep time. To aid in prep please avoid using any hair products that morning.
Please note in some cases we may ask you to be sleep deprived to increase the chance of finding something on the EEG. Patient will be asked to come in first thing in morning after being up form midnight on. Please note in these situations not to consume any caffeinated beverages as we would like to see how the EEG changes while you sleep. Please make sure you can get a ride back home.
In some cases we will record video together with the EEG. You will be asked to sign consent. If there are any triggers or precautions please let the technologists know ahead of time.
In some cases more prolonged EEG monitoring can be arranged for upto 3 hours.
As with other medical tests please note that a normal result does may not rule out seizures or epilepsy and your doctor may need to repeat the test.
Your EEG results will be stored securely as with any other medical records and a report will be sent to your doctor. If you are not a patient of our clinic your doctor can refer to Dr. Bercovici to follow up on any abnormalities.
Please “click” this link: EEG Requisition, for the form that your doctor will need to fill out and have them fax it back to our office for an appointment to be booked.
Below are some links for further information about EEG:
This website was made possible by unrestricted educational grants from several pharmaceutical companies including UCB and Sunovion. The views expressed herein are the independent views of Dr. Bercovici and the Southern Ontario Epilepsy Clinic and were formulated without the influence of any external partner.
QUEENSWAY PROFESSIONAL CENTRE
190 SHERWAY DRIVE, SUITE #208
TORONTO, ONTARIO M9C 5N2
TEL: 416-620-SOEC (7632)